Battleship Missouri Memorial,USS Missouri Memorial

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USS Missouri is a United States Navy Iowa-class battleship and was the third ship of the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the US state of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.

Battleship Missouri Memorial, Hawaii
Battleship Missouri Memorial, Hawaii

Missouri was ordered in 1940 and commissioned in June 1944. In the Pacific Theater of World War II she fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and shelled the Japanese home islands, and she fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. She was decommissioned in 1955 into the United States Navy reserve fleets (the "Mothball Fleet"), but reactivated and modernized in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan, and provided fire support during Operation Desert Storm in January/February 1991.

Battleship Missouri Memorial, Hawaii
Battleship Missouri Memorial, Hawaii

After the Japanese agreed to surrender, Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser of the Royal Navy, the Commander of the British Pacific Fleet, boarded Missouri on 16 August and conferred the honour of Knight of the British Empire upon Admiral Halsey. Missouri transferred a landing party of 200 officers and men to the battleship Iowa for temporary duty with the initial occupation force for Tokyo on 21 August. Missouri herself entered Tokyo Bay early on 29 August to prepare for the signing by Japan of the official instrument of surrender.

Battleship Missouri Memorial, Hawaii
Battleship Missouri Memorial, Hawaii

High-ranking military officials of all the Allied Powers were received on board on 2 September, including Chinese General Hsu Yung-Ch'ang, British Admiral-of-the-Fleet Sir Bruce Fraser, Soviet Lieutenant-General Kuzma Nikolaevich Derevyanko, Australian General Sir Thomas Blamey, Canadian Colonel Lawrence Moore Cosgrave, French General d'Armee Philippe Leclerc de Hautecloque, Dutch Vice Admiral Conrad Emil Lambert Helfrich, and New Zealand Air Vice Marshal Leonard M. Isitt.

Battleship Missouri Memorial, Hawaii
Battleship Missouri Memorial, Hawaii

The Battleship Missouri Memorial offers two daily tours with much more to explore on your own. The main tour is included in your General Admission ticket and takes you to the exact spot where WWII ended and is fully ADA accessible. The second is called "The Heart of the Missouri" tour and takes you deep inside the inner workings of the ship including the engine rooms and gun turrets. This tour is not ADA accessible and is not open to children under 10.

Battleship Missouri Memorial, Hawaii
Battleship Missouri Memorial, Hawaii

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make the Battleship Missouri go 33 knots or how to fire the massive 16" guns? Our 75-90 minute Heart of the Missouri tour will take you right into our engineering spaces and give you an up close and personal look at the inner workings of the ship with a specially trained tour guide. This upgraded tour will allow you guided access into the Engine rooms, Gun Turret #1, Damage Control Central Station, Broadway, Fire Room #4 and our Aft Battery Plot Room.

Battleship Missouri Memorial, Hawaii
Battleship Missouri Memorial, Hawaii
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